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Elif Çiğdem Artan

Elif Çiğdem Artan

Researcher, Curator

Elif Çiğdem Artan is a sociologist with a professional and scholarly background in museology, urban studies, digital culture, migration, and gender. She received her Ph.D. at TU Berlin as a DFG-doctoral fellow of IGK—Center for Metropolitan Studies Berlin-New York-Toronto. In her doctoral research project, “The Future of the Present: Autonomous Archiving of Activist Videos,” she examined the born-digital materials remaining from the Occupy movements in New York and Istanbul by applying grounded theory and ethnographical research methodologies.

She has been globally active in her research domains, conducting workshops, giving lectures, and publishing papers. In addition to her research projects, she is the coordinator and curator of the Federal German Migrant Women’s Association’s (Bundesverband der Migrantinnen e.V.) archival box in the Historical Museum Frankfurt. The participatory museum project encourages women to be the writers of their HERstory and, hence, curators of their own collective voice.



Elif Çiğdem Artan will be speaking at the Museum Social Impact Summit 2024 :

Empowering Marginalised Voices for Social Justice

Established in Frankfurt in 2005, the Federal German Migrant Women’s Association brings together women from different regions in Turkey and joined the Library of Generations project, housed in the Frankfurt Historical Museum for 105 years (2000-2105). The applied participatory curatorship in the project instrumentalizes archival materials to enable migrant women to tell their stories. Hence, this talk prompts a call to reevaluate museum roles between curators and participants by advocating for amplifying marginalized communities’ voices in decolonizing museums. Consequently, this work contributes to the participatory discourse, emphasizing museums’ evolving role in advancing social justice.

Elif Çiğdem Artan